“that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith: that you, being rooted and grounded in love,”
(Eph. 3:17) (NKJV)
Love is the foundation of who we are, but it is still possible to live a religious life and yet not be secured in the love of God. It is the love of God that drew us to accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour (2 Cor. 5:17), and it is the same love that transforms our lives (2 Cor. 3:18), with Christ dwelling in our hearts through faith (Eph. 3:17), and reigning in our lives as Lord.
In order to have a connected church, we must first understand who we are in Christ. Most churches consists of people who were broken or damaged in one area of their lives or the order before their encounter with Christ, and because they are not rooted and grounded in the love of God have remained the same (Eph. 3:17).
The call of the faith will remain unfulfilled in our lives if we do not understand and are unable to reciprocate what it means to be loved by God. It is through His love that we can find peace and overcome the world despite the adversities, and trials and tribulations in it (John 16:33), because greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
We must not only know the dimension of God’s love towards us (Eph. 3:18) but we must also allow ourselves to experience His love for us, with the knowledge that Christ in us, we have the hope of manifesting His glory in our lives (Col. 1:27).
God, knowing that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5) desires to strengthen through His Spirit, with might in our inner man, to enable us go through the journey He wants to take us through in this world (Eph. 3:16). It is only by His Spirit that we can boldly proclaim that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13).
When we understand and respond to God’s love towards us in love, we are also likely to respond in love to other believers within the local assembly who are in some form of need, teaching them, how to experience the same knowledge of the love of Christ, from our first hand experience with God.
Therefore, we must strive not to separate ourselves from His love (Rom. 8:35) by keeping ourselves in His love, looking for the mercy of our lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life (Jude 21).
God’s first priority for our life after salvation is for us to become a son of God. He wants to transform our lives (John 1:12). It takes the power of God to do the will of God.